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You Can Call Me Hoppa! The Grandparents' Guide to Choosing a Name that Fits Hardcover – August 5, 2008
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You Can Call Me Hoppa!- Choosing a Grandparent Name About.com Rating - 4 stars By Susan Adcox, About.com The Bottom Line You Can Call Me Hoppa! is a fun book for grandparents-to-be. If you are looking for meaningful analysis of why we call grandparents the names we do, don't look here. If you just want a sampling of grandparent names, along with some touching stories about grandparents and grandchildren, this book is just the ticket. Attractively designed and printed, it would be perfect as a gift to announce, Guess what! You're going to be a grandparent! Any grandparent who has ever struggled with choosing a grandparent name will enjoy You Can Call Me Hoppa! by Lauren Charpio. The book contains around three hundred grandparent names, but the main message is that grandparents should not feel restricted to the traditional names, but feel free to choose or develop a name that is uniquely their own. For example, one surfer grandfather opted for 'Grand-dude'. Of course, grandchildren sometimes have something to say about what they will call their grandparents. One grandfather who had decided to be called 'Pop Pop' ended up being called 'Bop Bop' won over in part by the cute little dance his granddaughter would do when she said it. One section deals with the names traditionally used by different cultures and nationalities. From the Hawaiian 'Tutu-wahini' for a grandfather to the German 'Grossmutter' for a grandmother, this section is rich in possibilities for those connected, however tenuously, to a particular culture. One new grandmother who used to be a French teacher chose the French term 'Memere' just because she was such a fan of the language. One more cool thing about this book is that a portion of the sales will go to the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, based in Phoenix. As the author points out, the fondest dream of many parents and grandparents of autistic children is to hear their name spoken by their child. --About.com - A New York Times Company, Grandparents Editor
About the Author
Lauren Charpio is a working mother of two living in Phoenix, Arizona. After having spent many years focused on collecting degrees and building a career, one evening Lauren hopped aboard a Southwest airplane and met her now husband in row 15. Lauren became mom to bubbly Brooke in 2003 and Cooper the still-bald bruiser in 2006 - simultaneouly creating two sets of doting first-time grandparents. Lauren and her family are blessed to have both sets of grandparents nearby. Gramme and Hoppa live a short trek north on a ranch populated by horses, ponies and dogs. And PawPaw and Gramma live minutes from the best play area and carousel in town!
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I just received the book today and HAD to read it myself. It was very cute, while not being overly "cutesy"... and very fun, despite it being serious about the topic. There are many name suggestions in the book, but if none fit, the stories they tell about different origins of grandparent names really give you a good starting point to find something that fits the particular grandparent.
Once I was able to see the book in person and read it, I realized that my in-laws would also love this book, especially my mother-in-law. They knew we were trying to get pregnant, and she's mentioned at least once in the past year that she's been trying to think of good names for herself for when the time finally comes. I came back to Amazon.com today to order another copy for them.
Both of my parents will be very young grandparents because they had me at a very young age, so I got my mom the book called "Funny, You Don't Look Like a Grandmother" because I thought she would get a kick out of it. After receiving that, I wish I just got another copy of "You Can Call Me Hoppa!" instead. I probably will still give her the grandmother book, but I think that I will buy her a copy of "You Can Call Me Hoppa" as well.
The book itself is good size without being too long or too big. The colors and artwork are gender neutral and very pleasing. I was very happy to see that directly in the front cover, there is a box that says "This book is especially for:" and gives you a spot to write in names.
So since I already have one copy and plan on purchasing another two copies, I would highly recommend this book as a gift for the expecting grandparent. However, it may not be the best choice for an expecting grandparent that already has grandkids, since they probably already have some kind of nickname. For our situation, this was absolutely perfect.
Only for 1st time grandparents